Chamber gets look at QISD programs

Speakers from Quinlan Independent School District described programs and activities offered to the community at Thursday’s monthly membership luncheon of the Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Supt. Dr. Debra Crosby began the presentation by saying, “I want to thank everyone who got out and voted for the TRE (Tax Ratification Election.) You gave our school district over a million dollars. Thank you very much.”

The election, also known as a tax swap, is expected to provide in excess of a million dollars more annually in state funds to the district. The result was landslide approval by a vote of 234 for the measure and 13 against, or by percentage, 94.74 percent for and 5.26 percent against.

Dr. Crosby also mentioned the highly-esteemed college education program of the district.

“We pay for our students to go to Paris Junior College. We had 31 students graduate this past year with an Associate’s degree at no charge to them. We’re proud of that,” she said.

The district hosted the luncheon that was prepared and served by W.H. Ford High School graduate Chris Young and his Sweet Water Grill staff.

The superintendent praised the meal and introduced the district’s two other speakers, Kathleen Witte, QISD Director of Family and Community Engagement; and Tiffony Upchurch, Director of Community School Relations.

Witte said her department was all about developing connections with the community and parents “so we can ultimately help our students be successful.”

“Our community has a lot of strengths, and a lot of those strengths are sitting right here in this room. As Dr. Crosby says, so many of you support us in so many ways. You give over and over and over again. You volunteer. You’re always there for us. We really appreciate what you do for us,” Witte said.

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